Robert G. Lawrence


Robert G. Lawrence, 76, of Wauwatosa , died Thursday, July 23, 2009, at Froedtert   Hospital   in Milwaukee .

Born Sept. 30, 1932, in Sheboygan . Robert was a son of the late Raymond and Mildred Kahr Lawrence.

Robert served his country during the Korean War in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Little.

Mr. Lawrence  was  employed by Modern Woodmen of America for 42 years, retiring in 1998. He served on their seven-member board of directors since March 1988, and had managed its Wisconsin (SE) Agency in Milwaukee since 1960. Modern Woodmen of America is a fraternal life insurance society with home office in Rock Island , Ill.

As Agency Manager, Robert consistently led his agency to rank among the top five Modern Woodmen agencies and had received the T.W. Cheney Achievement Award - Modern Woodmen’s highest agency award four times, most recently in 1989.    Robert’s agency was the second in Modern Woodmen’s history to reach $1 million of annualized premium in one year.

Robert has earned the designations Fraternal Insurance Counselor (FIC), Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU), Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) and Life Underwriters Training Council Fellow (LUTCF).

He is a graduate of the Purdue University Professional Management Institute.

He is past president and director of  many industry associations; Milwaukee Fraternal Underwriters Association, National Association of Fraternal Insurance Counselors (NAFIC),  Wisconsin State Fraternal Congress, Ozaukee-Washington Chapter of the NALU (NAIFA) and Wisconsin General Agents and Managers Association (GAMA). In 1989, Robert was nominated to the GAMA Conference Hall of Fame by the Milwaukee Chapter and was inducted into the Wisconsin State GAMA Hall of Fame in May 1994.

Robert’s biography has appeared in “Who’s Who in the Insurance Industry.”

He was an active participant in the Jesuit Retreat House in Oshkosh .

Robert is survived by his five children, Cheryl (Russell) Stoeckler of Wauwatosa, Daniel (Kristi) Lawrence of West Bend, David Lawrence, Barkhampsted of Conneticut, Janis (Jamal) Awad of Deerfeeld, Ill. , Laura Beth (Tim) VanVooren of Mequon; 15 grandchildren; and his former wife, Phyllis.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be held at noon on Monday, July 27, 2009, at the Lippert-Olson Funeral Home, 1132 Superior Ave. , Sheboygan . Relatives and friends are welcome at the funeral home on Monday from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will be in Wildwood Cemetery .

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